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4:28 PM on 05.05.2008

My Mario Kart Wii Review

So, I picked up Mario Kart Wii over the weekend finally. All I have to say is damn it's fun. Oh shit my match is up! Gots to go!

Oh by the way, 10/10   read

11:15 AM on 04.22.2008

So, I bought a 360. What now?

And it's about damn time. Actually, I should clarify. My wife bought me a 360 as a gift. No special occasion, she just thought it would be nice. Heck yes it's nice! Coincidentally enough, I got her a present as well. I guess we were both feeling generous. (Also, tax money is awesome =D )

Anyway, now that I've finally joined the current generation of decent hardware, are there any games I should definitely play other than the obvious? By obvious I mean Halo, Gears, Rock Band, or COD4. So far all I have is Mass Effect. Help me Destructoid! You're my only hope.   read

10:49 AM on 03.31.2008

Concept Art Blows My Mind

Okay, so not so long ago I found a website that is chock full of amazing artists who just pump it out all day long. I'm not particularly artistically talented, but I do enjoy looking at other people's art quite a bit.

Anyway, today I was going through the forums and stumbled across this jaw dropping piece of concept art that some guy just drew up Photoshop. I seriously just stared at it for a solid minute and a half before I (probably audibly) said "I have to post this. Other people must see this". So here it is.

10:18 AM on 03.26.2008

Monty Oum Strikes again with Dead Fantasy II

Prepare for you brain to explode from immense amounts of fanboy glee. Also, the animation and direction thereof is absolutely incredible. Enjoy!
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3:46 PM on 03.25.2008

Should I sell my Wii?

After post after post after post about how so many things are sucking serious balls on the Wii platform, I've been considering selling my Wii recently.

I mean, why should I pay the same price as the 360 version of Rock Band when I get half the content? Why should I put up with nickel and dimed to death with games that are sold half finished? Is it just me or is there only one game on the Wii worth playing, and even it has it's share of problems. For crying out loud, the Wii doesn't even have DVD playback.

What do you think Destructoid? Should I sell my Wii and buy a 360?   read

12:44 PM on 03.24.2008

Gurren Lagann Figure is super posable and super awesome!

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?! A Gurren Lagann fan?! ... Okay, so you got me there. But even if you're not a Gurren Lagann fan, this figure is impressive to say the least. Revoltech is releasing a 120mm action figure in Mid-May that I must get. Granted, it's fairly small (just over 4 inches in American measurements) but the replaceable heads, and the amazing amount of articulation makes up for it. You can reserve it now for 1805 Yen (rougly $18) at your favorite Japanese figure store. I think I might just get this one. Now observe some pictures of it's awesome!

Linkage to pictures.


12:25 PM on 03.20.2008

Get 'Lost' Thursday - Meet Kevin Johnson Edition

* "Meet Kevin Johnson" ABC Promo
* Promo Pics for "Meet Kevin Johnson"
* More Lost Links

It seems that life strikes again and I had another unfortunate week long hiatus. My apologies. Anyway, to business!

Last weeks episode was a bit of a shocker, but at the same time felt a bit like they were treading water. It was a Jin-centric episode that had, at times, a confusing amount of flash forwards and flash backs. For those of you who didn't understand what was going on with the whole Panda bear thing, that was a flashback, not a flash forward. We know this for several reasons, when he delivers the bear the baby is a boy (Sun has a girl). The show playing in the background in the toystore is 'Expose', a soap opera about a certain exotic dancer who gets shot when she finds out her boss was the "kingpin". It's the year of the dragon, the last of which was in 2000. And, when asked when he was having a baby, he said he had only been married for 2 months.

Also in last week's episode we discovered that Juliet can be a frigid bitch, willing to do anything to accomplish her objective; In this case, to get Sun off the Island quickly so she doesn't die.

We also see a Jin's supposed grave with the date of his death being that of the plane crash. I think this is interesting. I really think that the writers are playing with the timeframe here because interestingly only Hurley comes to meet Sun. I think this is meant to imply that Jin is actually still alive on the Island to accomplish something (likely something we'll find out by the end of this season) and simply sent her Sun to Korea to have the baby safely. I also think that she has every intention of returning with Hurley. That's just a guess, who knows what's really going on.

And finally, the 'big reveal', of the episode was that Michael was on the freighter under the alias Kevin Johnson. This raises several interesting question, how could he have possibly gotten off the island, and completely changed his identity in the short 30 days he's been off the island? Clearly it has something to do with Ben and probably WAAAAALLLLTTT. Also, why has he returned? Where is Walt? What was he doing the whole time he was off? And how long exactly was he off the island? We already know there's a time difference from the Island and from the 'real world', hopefully we'll find out tonight.

Tonight's episode centers around Michael. And if ABC's promos are to be believed, someone is going to die. My bets are on Claire. Why else would Kate have her baby? We shall see. Who do you think will die? What do you think Michael was doing while he was gone? Do you have any grand, unifying theories about what's REALLY going on yet?   read

3:19 PM on 03.19.2008

Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS Announced

As predicted, the DS iteration of Guitar Hero has been officially announced. But how the crap is that going to work, you ask? Well, by way of the above pictured lame ass peripheral that snaps onto your DS.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Guitar Hero. But I've just about had it with these franchises that try and "revolutionize" things and "try something different" when it's just not necessary. Guitar Hero was fine the way it was. I openly welcome dlc (and would love if Nintendo would stop being lame and let it come to the Wii version =[ ) and I really like the idea of coop career mode. But Guitar Hero for the DS... come on!

The DS version will have 20 exclusive songs, most of which are original master tracks, though whether or not that matters seeing as how it's on the DS is yet to be seen.

Observe the cheesiest ad for a Guitar Hero game yet.

**Edit** Dammit! Front page beat me to it. Oh well.

Exclusive Reveal via IGN
Interview with Yahoo   read

1:04 PM on 03.19.2008

So... I bought a car...

And now I'm debt for the next 5 years. But at least it's an awesome car! My wife and I bought a Scion xD. It's fairly awesome not only because it's roomy, it's sweet looking, and it gets good gas mileage. But it's name also looks like an ASCII smiley face! ( xD ) lol

Anyway, here it is!


12:54 PM on 03.19.2008

Something awesome is afoot...

Yes, something awesome indeed. Unfortunately priced at $81.98, the Gurren Lagann OST is officially available on Amazon. However, they are selling like hotcakes! As of the writing of this post, there are only 3 left though Amazon claims there are more on the way.

Also, for those who were wondering what in the world was going on with the release of Gurren Lagann Volume 1, it's finally available! Yay! Let the ridiculous spending of money commence!   read

12:21 PM on 03.11.2008

Smash Bros Brawl is awesome... uh except for one thing

So I bought Smash bros Brawl. Who didn't? And quite frankly I've loved it thus far. The subspace emissary was awesome and was damn long. Even despite it taking me nearly 10 hours to complete, I'm still only at 85%. Those damned doors!

On top of the emissary, there are a crapton of characters. 35 to be exact. And, fortunately, this time around, they're easy as pie to unlock. The vast majority of them can be done by simply finishing SSE. The level creator is a blast, I've already created a bunch of them. Even the coin launcher is fun!

But there's one small thing that.. bugs me about Brawl. The online play is horrible. Perhaps it's just my friends and I here in the northwest, but when we tried playing "anyone" we just wound up sitting around forever while the other 3 spots said "Seeking...". Fortunately, we signed each other up with our Brawl Codes *sigh* and played each other just to see how it worked. The results left much to be desired. Brawl is all about timing and I tell you, it's damn near impossible to do anything related to skill with the amount of lag we were experiencing. At one point it was almost a full 5 second delay. And we only live maybe a mile from each other. I also tried playing my cousin down in Texas and it was just as bad.

Is this just us, or is everyone feeling the same online woes as us?   read

5:56 PM on 03.08.2008

My hatred for Gamestop is on the rise...

As I'm sure most of you know by now, a certain game is coming out tonight. And it just so happens that Gamestop is teaming up with Nintendo to sponsor a nationwide tournament for said game tonight at 10 PM. Being a fan and enjoying a little competition, my friends and I decided to sign up for the tournament at our local Gamestop.

But we ran into a little problem.

See, when my buddy went in to sign up, he was informed of some... interesting changes to the rules that this particular store has decided to add. According to the manager, players are not allowed to chose their own characters.

Now, understand that I'm not a professional Smash Bros player by any means. Hell, I'm not even that good. But this particular little addition bothers me a lot. Not only is not in the Official tournament rules but it also discourages decent competition. While I'm not a pro Smash Bros player, I do have a particular way that I play. My style, if you will. I can't stomach playing with characters like Kirby, Jigglypuff, or shock mouse. Rather, I prefer characters like Marth, Link, Samus and Fox. I would much rather prefer to play with a character I'm more familiar with than a whole new character, especially given they've only allowed the use of the Wiimote-Nunchuk configuration.

So, to remedy this annoying situation, I gave Gamestop customer service a call. Believe when I say, they were less than helpful. The fellow I spoke with, while cordial, was shockingly unconcerned about the issue and almost hung up on me before I insisted to speak to his supervisor so I could get someone to actually help me. Then, all of a sudden, he wanted to help me and put me on hold. After a few minutes he came back and asked for the store it was I had spoken with. I gave him the information and he gave them a call. As it turns out the regional manager was the one who has chosen to change the official rules for this region. When I asked if I could speak with them or perhaps relay a message, I was promptly shut down. Understandable, seeing as how I was reaching pretty high on the totem pole, but I can't believe that a regional manager would take it upon themselves to change the official rules on a whim.

Thus far, the only thing I've gotten out of this is frustration, and that I'll have to wait until tonight at the tournament itself to see if the manager decides to uphold this ridiculous random character rule. As the title implies, my hatred for everything Gamestop is rising quickly.

Oh and one last thing, I called a few other gamestops in other areas of the country and none of them have this random character rule. So basically the rest of the country has a fair chance in this race, but apparently those of who live in the Pacific Northwest get disadvantaged. So much for my already slim chance at that $5000.

Is anybody else outraged about this?   read

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